Throwback Thursday, 3 Cauliflower Favorites

Cauliflower is a wonderful vegetable that I often overlook,

not only is it nutritious, it’s quite versatile

It’s great raw in salads, delicious roasted,

and paired with cheese it makes a wonderful soup

We’ve had some very cold weather in the South this week,

so let’s make a pot of comfort soup!

Cut off stem of cauliflower and separate it into florets

Slice florets and put on a parchment or foil lined baking sheet

Drizzle with Olive oil

and season with salt, pepper and a little garlic powder

Toss cauliflower around to coat evenly

Spread out and roast at 400 for 20-30 minutes

until edges are brown

While cauliflower is roasting start the soup base

Saute the onion in a little oil until transparent,

about 5 minutes,

Add the broth and seasonings

Add the roasted cauliflower and bring to a boil

Cover and reduce heat

and let soup simmer for 20 minutes

Puree the soup with an immersible blender

or let soup cool and puree in a blender*

*NEVER puree hot soup in a blender,

it will expand and push the top off

Return the pureed soup to the sauce pan and add the cheese

Vermont White Cheddar has a wonderful flavor

Cover the pan and let the cheese melt into the puree

  When you are ready to serve, increase the heat to medium

and finish melting the cheese and add the milk

Heat over medium, stirring constantly until soup is nice and hot

Garnish with crumbled bacon if desired

This recipe is adapted from Closet Cooking


Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 small head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon thyme chopped
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups Vermont white cheddar shredded
  • 1 cup milk or cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cooked bacon, crumbled optional garnish


  • Toss the cauliflower florets in the oil along with the salt and pepper and arrange them in a single layer on a large baking sheet.
  • Roast the cauliflower in a preheated 400F oven until lightly golden brown, about 20-30 minutes.
  • Heat the oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and thyme and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
  • Add the broth and cauliflower, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
  • Puree the soup until it reaches your desired consistency with a stick blender.
  • Mix in the cheese, let it melt and season with salt and pepper.
  • Mix in the milk and heat, stirring until soup is hot and cheese has melted.
  • Serve soup garnished with bacon if desired
Keyword Cauliflower Soup, roasted cauliflower

Here are two more of my favorite cauliflower recipes

Cauliflower Steaks with Beer Cheese Sauce

Cauliflower Steaks with Killer Mushroom Cream


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20 Responses to “Throwback Thursday, 3 Cauliflower Favorites”
  1. Good morning and Happy Thursday, Jenna. Like you, I often overlook cauliflower. The soup sounds and looks delicious for lunch or dinner. I am always looking for different soup recipes. I am going to make this recipe!

  2. The creamy cheesy soup is my favourite!

  3. Love a beer cheese! These all look delicious, and I’m sure the soup was welcome during your cold snap.

  4. Rita C. says:

    Oh my gosh, that sounds and looks so good, Jenna! We’ve had cold temps too. After 10″ of snow and 1″ of rain last weekend, it looks as though we’re going to get 8-12″ this weekend! I hope they’re wrong, wrong, wrong!

  5. We’re having miserably cold weather here too! Would love a bowl for lunch tomorrow:@)

  6. Pattie says:

    I have loved cauliflower ever since I was a kid. Your soup looks particularly delicious. All of that white cheddar! Yum!

  7. thefrenchhutch says:

    I love cauliflower but I’ve never made soup with it. With more cold weather coming our way I’m adding cauliflower to my shopping list. Thanks Jenna for these delicious recipes………..

  8. lghiggins says:

    This would be delicious on one of these cold days. I did not know that the start of a good cauliflower soup is roasting the cauliflower!

  9. BERNADETTE says:

    I have been making soup about twice a week since December and need some new recipes. Thanks for adding to the winter cannon of soup.

  10. Miz Helen says:

    We will really enjoy your delicious cauliflower soup! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday, 571. Hope you will come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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